The Price Family Charitable Fund board of directors approved the following grants in the month of May:
Guardian Scholars Program
A grant from The Fund provides support to 46 former foster youth attending San Diego State University. The funding supplements other grants and scholarships supporting participants in the SDSU Guardian Scholars Program. Currently the Guardian Scholars have a combined GPA of 3.06 and 92% are in good academic standing. Nationally, only 3% of former foster youth graduate from college.
Teach for America
The board of directors approved a three year grant to support Teach for America and its efforts to create a sustainable program in San Diego. The program has a goal of producing 130 Pre-K through Grade 12 teacher leaders in the next three years who will empower students from low-income communities to achieve academic success. The program will give particular emphasis to improving the quantity and quality of math and science teachers in the region.
A grant from the Fund will support Voices for Children’s efforts to expand the number of foster youth who have a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). CASAs are adult volunteers who serve as mentors and case managers for children in the foster care system. Voices for Children is in the midst of tripling the number of CASAs, from 1,000 to 3,000, who are trained to work with the 6,000 youth who are in the San Diego foster system each year.
The Fund is a primary supporter of the Bidayat Program in Israel. Bidayat, meaning “new beginnings” in Arabic, provides early childhood education and training to Arab Israeli parents, teachers and child care providers. The program integrates traditional Muslim values with universal humanistic values.
The Fund provides two college scholarship opportunities for Hoover High graduating seniors. The Stephen Effron Scholarship Program provides scholarships for up to five years at community colleges, universities and vocational schools to any selected student with a financial need. The Jesus “Chuy” Morales Memorial Scholarship Program provides one-time scholarship disbursements to selected Hispanic students attending community college or four year universities
Since 2001, The Fund has provided grants to Hoover High, Monroe Clark Middle, and Rosa Parks Elementary to enhance music instruction based on the belief that visual and performing arts are important to the holistic development of a child. This year the grants will support a music teacher at Rosa Parks, the expanding jazz band and orchestra at Clark, and the marching band at Hoover High.
School in the Park
School in the Park shifts the learning environment from traditional classrooms to experiential learning at nine Balboa Park museums. The Fund has been the primary financial supporter of the program for each of its 14 years.
Hoover feeder pattern discretionary spending
The Fund approved one year grants to 12 Hoover High feeder schools. The grants have been provided annually since 2003 and have been used by principals, to fund such things as counselors and nurses, English language learner support, parent support programs, and after school academic intervention programs.
City Heights Partnership for Children
The Fund approved a grant to support the City Heights Partnership for Children, a collaborative effort to provide educational support for City Heights children.